Positive Drive Belt on Snack Food Elevator

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Company

Snack Food manufacturer from the USA.

 

Application

A large Snack Food manufacturer had a production “bottle-neck” with their Chain-Swivel bucket “Z” neck conveyor delivery system.

 

Challenge

Product Wastage

  • Because of the un-even engagement of the swivel buckets during their incline travel, the product would fall out or miss the bucket causing 300-400 pounds of food to accumulate on the floor around the conveyor during an 8-hour shift. Workers had to gather the products that fell from the buckets = 2 Hours each day.

 

High maintenance costs

  • Wash downtimes between product change-out = 8 Hours
  • Weekly Saturday/Sunday preventive maintenance (Chain Lube/Bucket reinforce/replace/track wear) = 4 Hours

 

Safety concerns

  • Buckets dislodge from the chain holder and fall creating a “Hard hat” safety area.
  • Loud movement noise levels.

 

Solution: Volta Homogenous Positive Drive Belt

Base belt – SuperDrive™ type FMB-3-SD.

Buckets changed to 4” high, 90-degree Scoop Cleats – made of FMB-4.

Volta material.

4” High Corrugated Sidewalls.

 

 

Result

Savings

  • Product waste was reduced by 97%.
  • Electrical AMP draw was reduced by using a 1.5HP drive motor instead 4HP motor

Maintenance costs

  • Daily cleanup of spilled product was reduced from 2 hours to 15 minutes
  • Wash downtime between product change-out was reduced from 8 hours to 1 hour
  • Weekly preventative maintenance eliminated. Currently inspected every 6 months without issue

Safety Concerns

  • “Hard hat area” eliminated
  • Low to little movement noise

 

Clients` testimonials

Project Engineer stated that:

“This conveyor now makes money rather than absorb it.”

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